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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Anna should verify Badals' credentials: Amarinder

Faridkot: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Amarinder Singh on Friday suggested to anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare to verify the credentials of Badals before coming to Punjab in their support.

"After all, it is the question of Anna's credibility as well, as which type of people he is going to support", he told a press conference after meeting the workers of the three Assembly segments of Faridkot, Kot Kapura and Jaito here.

Replying to a question about the claims made by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir that Hazare would be coming to Punjab in their support, he said "once Anna Hazare learns about the enormity of corruption during the present government, he will never come to support them."

"Anna Ji is a crusader against corruption and I am sure before embarking upon any programme to support the Badals, he will examine and verify their credentials", he said.

Asked about Badal's desire to retire from politics, Amarinder said, "I have been hearing him saying that for the last four elections and he says it every time on the eve of elections that it is going to be his last elections to gain public sympathy."

These tactics were not going to work for Badal anymore, he accused.

On Congress party tickets for coming assembly polls in the state, he said the issue will be decided by party president Sonia Gandhi, adding merit and winability will be the main criteria for choosing the candidates.

"Once tickets are decided, everybody will support the official nominee," he said while warning at the same time that "those, indulging in indiscipline will be firmly dealt with”.


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